Wednesday, December 14, 2016

#Christmas Week butter cookie recipe + book #giveaway from author @DarylWoodGerber


From Daryl aka Avery:

OH, YAY!  A HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY BELOW...

Sometimes it's fun to try new recipes.  Last week, I found a great looking, multifaceted recipe in my Ralph's Supermarket flyer that I thought would be perfect and easy for kids to make. It's a basic butter cookie that you can dress up in lots of ways. The recipe showed how to make cinnamon pecan pinwheels, chocolate peppermint cookies, apricot button cookies, all using the same butter cookie recipe.

Well, I had my grandsons over the other day, and one of them is really into cooking. He has a burn on his arm to prove it - he showed me. It's minor. Got too close to the stove at home. We were VERY careful to keep him away from hot stuff this time around.


He chose to make the cinnamon pinwheels!

Now, talk about a mess! Oh my. Kids just can't seem to keep the flour from going everywhere, but that's another story. I'm a good floor cleaner-upper (once they are out of the kitchen and settled at the art table).

The recipe uses regular flour, but you know me. I need to make things gluten-free. This made it difficult. Gluten-free flour dough just doesn't "roll" the same as regular flour dough. Sigh. It breaks. The "stretch and give" of gluten is vital. I've proven this multiple times when making my quiche or pie shells. But the wonder of baking is that things "melt" together and ultimately taste great, so if you can  get over cookies not being "beautiful," then you are ready to start celebrating.

Sugar cookie found in Ralph’s Supermarket Flyer

Basic Butter Cookie Dough

1 ¾ sticks unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon table salt
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
2 cups all purpose flour (*gluten-free flour substitution is equal)

In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla until smooth (but not fluffy).  Beat in egg. Add flour (*or GF flour) and mix until incorporated. 


[forgot to take this picture; it's basic]

Chill dough for 1 hour. (I only refrigerated ½ hour. I think that was fine. And I had eager little boys.)

On floured parchment (*or GF floured parchment, if making GF cookies), set half the dough. Press down and flour the top. Cover with another piece of parchment and roll out into rectangle about 10 x 8. Then trim edges straight.  Repeat with second half of dough. Slide rectangles (on parchment paper) onto a baking sheet.

OOPS.  I misread this last direction when doing it, and it was difficult to move the dough – I did it, but it was messy. So pay attention. Keep it on the parchment paper.

Refrigerate another 20 minutes.  (*GF version refrigerate about 10 minutes; otherwise it can get “firm”).

For cinnamon pinwheels:

Meanwhile mix 3 tablespoons softened butter, ¾ cup brown sugar, and ½ teaspoon cinnamon in small bowl until well combined. Crumble half of the mixture of each of the rectangles and pat to distribute. (Ralph’s recipe also included ¼ cup chopped pecans; we elected not to use nuts.)


With long side facing you, using the parchment paper, roll rectangles into logs.  Chill until firm.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut logs crosswise into ¼” slices. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until barely browned, about 12 minutes.  Let cool on sheets or wire racks.  Makes 3-4 dozen.

**My pinwheels spread a lot and then turned out sort of rectangular. I think this was because the gluten-free version was a little firm and didn’t roll into a nice round “log.” C’est la vie!



No matter what, consider setting cookies on two baking sheets.

Note: I used the trimmed edges for regular sugar cookies. I rolled the dough together, set out walnut-sized rounds. Pressed them down, and one of my darling helpers covered them with sprinkles. COVERED THEM.  LOL!!  Delicious!




AND NOW...A HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY!



LEAVE A COMMENT ABOUT SOME COOKING MESS 
(OR CREATIVE MESS) YOU'VE MADE 
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Savor the mystery!
Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames
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64 comments:

  1. I love to make mud balls. They are basically melted chocolate, almonds, marshmallows and butter, put it in the freezer for a couple hours then roll small balls of the base into graham cracker crumbs and toss back in the freezer. The chocolate has a tendency to stick the my fingers then the crumbs then more chocolate, more crumbs.... until I can barely hold my fingers up because they are so heavy. That is probably the messiest recipe I know. Everyone loves them. So fun to have children that like to bake. Happy holidays to all! konecny7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. Fabulous cookie varieties! My cooking mess = when I was 8 years old and trying to learn how to bake, I mistakenly added 1/2 CUP instead of 1/2 TSP of baking soda to a batch of peanut butter cookies. Yikes. Needless to say, the cookies were gigantic and went right into the trash - this is my definition of a major cooking/baking mess, haha. EMS591@aol.com

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    1. LOL. I added baking soda to baking powder biscuits one year. Ugh. Toss. ~ Daryl

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  3. I had decided to try and make a real spaghetti sauce. The recipe called for cooked tomatoes and all I had were the little cherry ones so I decided to try and make pulp in the microwave...set the timer and left the room...a loud "Kaboom" later I had blown up a whole bowl of tomatoes...it was a mess.
    Thank you for the contest and for the chance.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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    1. Oh, yuck. That is a mess. Perfect for a murder mystery. ~ Daryl

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  4. Right off I can't remember a major cooking mess as described by the two previous posters but I know I've burned the potatoes by letting the water boil out, I've had messes from canning tomatoes and making spaghetti sauces. There have been major clean ups from making sugar cookies (flour every where). When you cook, there will be messes, no matter how good of cook you are. I'd love to see some of the messes, those famous chefs make. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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    1. Oh, burned potatoes are hard to clean up! I know. ~ Daryl

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  5. The kids are so cute! Thanks for sharing! Isn't that funny how you never know where your next great recipe will come from. Who would have thought the store ad would be inspiration!! I can't wait until my little boy is old enough to help in the kitchen. I see at least a few kitchen disasters in my future...

    Bec
    Rlewis11797 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Bec, I know, a store ad! Go figure! Enjoy every moment of your little one. ~ Daryl

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  6. When I first started cooking I decided to make a vegetable soup recipe that was in the local paper. I had never made soup before and didn't know that the fact that it was using all water instead of stock was going to be an issue. I wound up with a pot of tasteless soup that I didn't know how to fix. It wound up in the trash.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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    1. Sandy, tasteless soup. Almost nothing worse. LOL ~ Daryl

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  7. Cooking with kids is messy but oh so fun! Your grandsons are darling and it's wonderful how you're creating special memories with them while baking! When my granddaughter was four she helped me mix up cookies in my stand mixer. After dumping the entire amount of flour in she turned the speed on to HIGH...and ended up being covered from head to toe with the flour :) Eight years later she still talks about how hard we laughed that day. You can excuse me from your giveaway since I already have your books but I just had to say your grandsons are adorable!

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    1. Ha-ha! High with flour. So funny. I can picture that! ~ Daryl PS Thanks for the compliment. They are cutie pies. I have 5 boys to enjoy.

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  8. Wonderful photo and great recipe. What sweethearts your grandsons are. When I started cooking for the family my attempts were pretty bad and I burnt more food since the temp was too high and there was no moisture so the chicken etc. was inedible. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Traveler, thanks! They are sweethearts! ~ Daryl

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  9. I've made my fair share of messes but the one I really remember is the one my husband made while I was at work. He made chili for a club chili cook-off. I can home and had to remove chili from the ceiling. :-0

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  10. I've never been able to make a decent pie cdrust. I can remember the time that I tried making one, it turned out awful, I put it out for the birds----even the crows didn't like it and picked up pieces then flew just a bit and dropped them.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. Even the birds didn't eat it. Yipe! LOL ~ Daryl

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  11. Not a mess. But was a disaster. Was trying to make a big batch of hot chocolate for the kids and their friends. Went out to greet them when they came in after the game. Forgot that I had already put in the vanilla, added more. Got called out to greet the next car load. Went back in, added some vanilla. The worst tasting hot choc EVER. The kids and their friends they are still in touch with Still tease me about that. My son's friend Dave, when I answer the phone. "Hi, Mom. Made any chocolate lately?" It's going on 35 yrs now. Sigh. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc ((dot) com

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    1. Ha, ha. Hot vanilla! I love when I forget that I already did something. Happening more and more... uh-oh. ~ Daryl

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  12. I used to love making cookies. elainehroberson(at)gmail.com

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  13. Oh goodness we were making choc chip cookies and we were to cream the butter and sugar well the bowl was way too small and butter was flying all over the kitchen my daughter was laughing so hard she couldn't turn it off so i did and what a mess we had as we were doubling the recipe...ptclayton2@aol.com

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    1. PT - that's a funny image. Yes, size matters when it comes to bowls. ~ Daryl

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  14. I just love reading all the flop stories. Now I don't feel so bad. Way back when, I always wanted to make shrimp gumbo. Found a recipe in a mag,and gave it a try. It was sooo bad, even the dog wouldn't eat it! Lol Happy Holidays!!

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    1. I was just thinking the same thing. I don't feel so bad knowing we've all had some mishaps! ~ Daryl

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  15. I already have the books too -- I just wanted to say thank you for the recipe and Merry Christmas!

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  16. Thanks for the chance to win and for making me hungry!
    nerdsrgood AT msn DOT com

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    1. P.S. I don't cook or bake but love to eat. That's my mess! Dishes. lol

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    2. Sally, you are welcome. We have a lot of foodie "voyeurs." :) ~ Daryl

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  17. I made a Xmas cookie called snowballs that you roll in powdered sugar. I made several batches to give to a local family. My kitchen counters and floors took forever to clean up. It was everywhere . My kitchen looked like it snowed !!! Thank you for the chance.

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    1. That's like flour. It goes everywhere. Poof! Too funny. ~ Daryl

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  18. Many, many years ago I decided to make a yellow cake from my Betty Crocker kids' cookbook. I wanted only one layer so I halved the recipe. Well, I thought I did.
    I kept the liquids the full amount by mistake!
    It was an "interesting" pudding like cake.

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. I've done that, too. Halved (half) of the recipe. Oops! ~ Daryl

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  19. I was a newlywed, and actually could cook pretty well (thanks Mom and 4-H). I decided to make chop suey and as a side dish those little hard Chinese noodles. I thought they would be better warmed up a little in the oven. Yep, caught them on fire!. Grabbed a pot holder and ran them out to the desk. Crisis averted. New husband ribbed me about it for 20 years.

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    1. Kay, ha-ha! I love "new food" surprises. LOL ~ Daryl

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  20. Forgot to add my email: ksarginson@tampabay.rr.com.

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  21. I love the way kids go crazy with the sprinkles.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Jana, I do, too. They love them!! I try to keep many on hand. ~ Daryl

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  22. I will never forgot the time I was making a doubled cake recipe from scratch & lifted the beaters too far up on the stand mixer. The mixer was on high & the mix went all over every wall & even hit the ceiling. Just so you can laugh really hard, this was a 15x15 old farm kitchen with 12 foot ceilings & wallpapered walls with a white background. That chocolate mix hit every square inch of all 4 walls & ceiling. My Grandmother made me get the ladder & I washed ceiling & walls for 2 weeks before I got it all off. dowar1952(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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    1. 2 weeks! Oh, my! That is hysterical. I can see that in an I Love Lucy episode. Poor you. ~ Daryl

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  23. Your helpers look like they may have been as enthusiastic eating their efforts as they were making them!

    My daughter and her boyfriend were supposed to cook two dishes on Thanksgiving, and then bring them to our house to be kept warm. Instead, they decided to cook them here. In the midst of my carefully planned out schedule. Without telling me (not asking) until they got here.

    We managed okay, until the boyfriend, who was cooking smoked macaroni and cheese (which was worth it, I must say), let the cheese sauce boil all over my ceramic cooktop. What a mess. He smeared it around and got most of the sauce up while the burner was still hot. After it and I cooled off, I cleaned up the rest. kmaslowski at fuse dot net

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    1. Oh, my, working in someone else's kitchen is always a challenge. Where are things? How hot? Can you navigate the floor plan? I do have to save smoked mac and cheese sounds interesting! ~ Daryl

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  24. Tried to make beer bread two different times and both times it came out uncooked in center.
    judytucker1947@gmail.com

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    1. Judy, I have found with many breads that you have to turn off the oven and leave them sitting in it for about a half hour after to cook the center without burning the outside. Try that in the future - if you dare. : ) ~ Daryl

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  25. One Christmas we had a ham for Christmas as we have for a lot of years. We weren't paying attention and over cooked the ham and it was barely edible. I can't believe we mess up a ham!
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You messed up ham? LOL That just shows that every thing has a limit. :) Couldn't you make bacon out of it? (Just kidding). ~ Daryl

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  26. One of my kitchen messes was while preparing a chiffon cake awhile ago. This particular cake used cake flour and while adding it to the mixer bowl which had the beaters going around, I started to sneeze from the flower dust I assume. I sneeze many times in a row and obviously must close my eyes at that time, as I ended up hitting the control and the mixer went into BEAT i,stead of FOLD in. I got so nervous I accidentally hit an opened container if corn starch and that went everywhere. By the time I got this mess cleaned up the egg whites had all deflated and I had to toss out the cal ingredients in the mixer bowl. It really did look like an I Love Lucy show with one of her kitchen disasters.

    Cynthia B.
    ceblain AT tmlponline DOT net

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    1. Oh, my, Cynthia, yes, another I Love Lucy (ILL) episode. Cornstarch gets into every crevice. Poor you. ~ Daryl

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  27. What a great picture of your grandkids! The recipes look fantastic! The last creative mess I made was earning how to manicotti; stuff was everywhere! The shells and the filling! But it was tasty! Thank you for the opportunity to try and win some new books! Hope G. hopegrubka@att.net

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    1. I bet your fingertips tasted good, too! ~ Daryl

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  28. Love to bake xmas cookies. I made the biggest mess doing sand tarts. These are hard to make.

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    1. Ah, sand tarts. Those are fond memories for me! ~ Daryl

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  29. Ok, so maybe this wasn't a baking or cooking mess, but it was a big mess that my brother and I made. I was maybe three and he was maybe two and my parents were out at the barn milking cows and my sister was supposed to be in charge. We decided to make it snow with the box of oatmeal. All over the living room and on top of all the furniture and the curtains. And this was before vacuum cleaners. My poor mom! By the time she came in that night after working hard and seeing that mess, wow! I'm glad she didn't give me up for adoption!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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    1. Oh, gosh, snow with oatmeal! Too funny. Again, I can see this in a movie. Poor mom! Does she still talk to you? LOL ~ Daryl

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  30. Elaine, sometimes it's good to be last. By random number generator, you won the giveaway! I'll contact you. Congrats. ~ Daryl

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  31. By random number generator, Elaine K won the giveaway! Congrats. ~ Daryl

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  32. When I was in college I was home for the holidays and saw a beautiful Land O' Lakes ad in a magazine for cloverleaf rolls made with whole wheat flour. I mixed them carefully, made the little balls of dough, stuck 3 in each muffin cup. They baked and came out of the oven hard as little bricks. We separated them back into balls and threw some of them at the obnoxious dogs that lived behind us.

    Pat patdupuy@yahoo.com

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  33. Years ago when I was a teenager I was trying to make chocolate chip cookies from scratch. I mixed everything up and baked them to perfection but they did not look right or taste exactly how I expected them to taste. I looked back at my recipe and realized that I forgot the brown sugar. Oh well it was a good learning experience and I still laugh about it now when I think about it.

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  34. Mamiebrightwell@gmail.comDecember 18, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    It all started when I was 22 and thought I was the "master" of making English toffee...

    Toffee was made and in it's glass pan on the back burner of stove to cool. Put water in sauce pan that I made toffee in and put on stove to boil to remove the toffee residue. Next thing I heard was a giant pop and when I turned back to stove the toffee was flaming! Being the college genius I knew I was, I figured out that this was an electrical fire and promptly dumped all the flour in the pantry on the flames, as instructed for an electrical fire! At that moment, my father appeared in the kitchen, assessed the scene and turned off the burner on the stove. He then explained that I had turned on the wrong burner for the sauce pan and had set my own toffee on fire! He turned around, bid me a good night and happy kitchen cleaning!!! Five hours later you would have never known that I had tried to destroy the kitchen and it was time to get up and get ready to catch the train to work!!!

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  35. When I was a sophomore in HS, I was at a friends house and we decided to bake a cake. Her mother wasn't home, which was good as she was a bit of a strict, unhappy woman. By the time the cake was just about finished, one side fell. We just knew when her mom got home it'd be our hides, so we decided we'd frost it with extra frosting on the lower side and no one would be able to tell. So we started to frost a too warm cake and started to get little crumble balls all over the cake. And the fallen side still was fallen. It was a mess. We heard her car pull into the garage, so we pushed the cake behind the toaster and started cleaning as fast as we could. She came in, walks over to the toaster, asks "what's this?" and I heard her laugh. Maybe in all the time I knew her. It really did look bad.

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